Subseries 3.1.11 - Festival Edition 1982

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ZA MEDU MEDU-3-3.1-3.1.11


Festival Edition 1982


  • 1982 (Accumulation)

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40 pages

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The Medu Art Ensemble was formed by South Africa exiles in Gaborone, Botswana, in 1978. The organisation produced a wealth of creative work across all major art-forms; the roup further played a key role in shaping aesthetic and cultural theory and praxis within Africanist and liberation struggles. On June 14 1985, the South African Defence Force attacked the homes of Medu members and other activists in Gaborone, killing 12 people; Medu as an organisation ceased to exist.

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The Medu Festival Edition has been termed as such because it contains some of the best articles, poems and short stories collected in earlier editions. This is Medu's contribution to the Culture and Resistance Festival of 1982. The aim of the festival was to showcase examples of the rich cultural heritage of southern Africa. The display of art and culture aims to challenge the brutal and systemic repression of the cultural life faced by the oppressed in South Africa. This edition contains a range of poetry and short stories each poignantly reflecting on the tumult of the 1980s. The poetry and prose of Mongane Serote, John Donne, Miles Pelo, Mafika Gwala and Mandlenkosi Langa are included. The edition is ended with an interview with Thami Mnyele and graphics from Medu members. Front page graphic a collection of Medu poster arranged by the Medu Art Collective on silkcreen.

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Permission to publish must be obtained from the Medu Art Ensemble Project.

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Newsletter has a cover page, unnumbered table of content, four unnumbered illustration pages. Page 34 of the newsletter has a duplicate.

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